Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot '10
A well-known California winery with widespread distribution at both retail stores and restaurants, Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot '10 is a great choice when it comes to New World style Merlot. This wine is herbal and fruity, with flavors of dark fruit and tobacco. The wine is quite tannic, but the tannins are so silky smooth that they go down easy on the long finish. Blended with 2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon to give the wine extra body, this is a Merlot that will hold up to rich dinners, particularly when paired with meats that are cooked with herbs. Excellent right now, this wine will continue to mature over the next few years and will be even better in 2016.